An Airbus A340 has touched down in Antarctica for the first time, according to airline Hi Fly, which flew on November 2.
The plane took off from Cape Town in South Africa Carrying goods, not passengers.
Photo of a cargo plane landing in Antarctica on November 2, 2021 – Photo: Reproduction / High Fly
The trip was chartered by an adventure tour company called White Desert. The pilot and flight crew took the supplies to a camp set up in Antarctica.
The flight took about 5 hours, and the teams spent less than three hours on the Antarctic land of the continent.
An Airbus plane lands in Antarctica – Photo: Reproduction / High Fly
Only highly specialized teams are allowed to land on site.
It’s hard to land on an icy blue runway, Carlos Merbury, the airline’s pilot and vice president, said on the company’s website. “The depth is 1.4 kilometers of solid ice and no air. The important thing is that the colder the better.”
Landing and stopping the heavy A340 will not be a problem; At least in theory, as an A340 has never landed on icy blue ice before.”
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